About The Author
I submitted my own interview under the name Time Red. It was a relatively short interview, so here's some more information.
Childhood and adolescence
Like mentioned in the Time Red interview, I have happy memories of my childhood dreams. Somewhere during highschool I discovered Robert Monroe's book. I was fascinated. I found his book so exciting that I felt I had to limit myself to reading only one chapter each evening. I tried his relaxation method and became so heavy that I could not understand why I wasn't dropping through the floor. I never dared to go further than that. I have had some limited Out Of Body experiences, but never wake induced.
My first recorded dream is dated at October 17th 1989. I started journaling after having read Garfield and Faraday. Other early influences were LaBerge, and later on the Seth books.
The first years of my (re)discovery of dreams I experimented a lot. I tried lucid dreaming, and had some minor successes. I took on the characters of other people in dreams, I experienced being many people at once in a dream, I had multiple dreams at the same time. I tried everything I read. The nice and sometimes scary thing was that I didn't even have to try, just reading about something was usually enough. I never experienced a full-blown OBE (and still haven't), but I'm familiar with having somebody breathing on my back or the experience of looking through closed eyes as if the room is lit. That's why I don't belief in OBE: my room never looks like it is supposed to be.
Early retirement and comeback
I got very ill somewhere early 1994. The onset was gradual, but once I was (wrongly) diagnosed with mono, the doctor advised to give in and at that moment I completely collapsed. Dreaming pretty much stopped, it was darkness all around. I had stopped paying attention to dreams months before anyway, as minute to minute survival was taking all I had. Some important aspects of my disease were foreshadowed in a dream and in an active imagination years before. I had correctly recognized the dream as being predictive, but my interpretation was wrong. I thought it was about me somewhere in my fifties. Instead the crisis hit me at 28.
Dreams came gradually back after a few years. I've written about these dreams at my Healing Dreams website. This website also features music I heard in my dreams. I left survival mode only about two or three years ago, meaning I am not exclusively occupied with survival anymore but can spend time on creative activities.
I still lead a reclusive life. One of my interests in dreaming is clues about speeding up recovery. I started Zhan Zuang as a result of a dream and it was a dream that encouraged me to continue with it when I got depressed about the lack of further progress. In general, dreams play a significant if not crucial role in my recovery. However, much of the bigger picture still escapes me.
I occasionally have lucid dreams. The year 1999 was a year where I had relatively many lucid dreams. This peak in lucid dreams had to do with a recurring theme of surrendering. If I surrendered to the dream, I could fly very fast and very spectacular. Once I had this figured out, the frequency of lucid dreams dropped again. The high speed flying skill remained.
I have some indications that I communicate with a few good friends in my dreams, as I seem to get reports from or about them concerning important events in their lives. I tried deliberate mutual dreaming in my experimental period, but didn't like it.
In what I now consider a previous life I finished a public administration study at a Dutch university. I'm still recovering from whatever it is I have. During this weird in-between life I founded Mythwell and developed Alchera, software for dream journaling.